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Pittsburgh Pirates' starting pitcher Chad Kuhl runs past the tarp-covered field prior to Wednesday's game against the Reds in Cincinnati. Both the Bucs and Indians were rained out.

CINCINNATI (AP) — The finale of Pittsburgh’s three-game series at Cincinnati was postponed Wednesday by rain about 10 minutes before the scheduled first pitch. The game was rescheduled for Monday at 1:10 p.m.

The teams split the first two games of the series. The Reds have lost eight straight series and were trying to avoid losing a ninth straight series, which would be their longest streak since a 10-series losing streak in August-September 1982.

They are chasing the streaking St. Louis Cardinals for the second NL wild card.

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Reds: INF Mike Moustakas was placed on the 10-day injured list, retroactive to Tuesday, with an undisclosed injury. RHP Dauri Moreta was promoted from Triple-A Louisville. C Tyler Stephenson was reinstated from the 10-day injured list before Tuesday’s game. C Mark Kolozavary was optioned to Triple-A Louisville and RHP Tejay Antone (right elbow) was transferred to the 60-day IL.

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Pirates: RHP Connor Overton (0-0), Wednesday’s scheduled starter, was pushed back to start the opener of a four-game series on Thursday at Philadelphia. The start will be the second of his major league career in eight games.

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INDIANS

CLEVELAND (AP) — The Cleveland Indians postponed Wednesday night’s game against the Kansas City Royals because of rain and rescheduled it for next week.

The postponement was announced about three hours before the scheduled 6:10 p.m. first pitch.

Cleveland rescheduled the game for Monday at 1:10 p.m..

The AL Central race could be decided in Cleveland this week when the Chicago White Sox and Indians play a five-game series scheduled to begin Thursday with a day-night doubleheader.

Chicago leads the AL Central by 10 1/2 games and its magic number to clinch the division is two. The White Sox, who have lost five of seven, were rained out at Detroit on Wednesday.

The White Sox last won the division in 2008 and are trying to reach the postseason in consecutive seasons for the first time. Right-hander Reynaldo López is scheduled to start the first game. Chicago hasn’t announced its starter in the second game. Right-handers Zach Plesac and Aaron Civale are Cleveland’s scheduled starters.

Shane Bieber, who hasn't pitched since for the Indians since June 13 because of a strained right shoulder, is scheduled to start Friday night. The reigning AL Cy Young winner threw 57 pitches in a minor league start for Double-A Akron on Sunday and had a bullpen session Tuesday.

“He felt pretty good so we're comfortable with starting him Friday,” interim manager DeMarlo Hale said. “We'll definitely put a pitch count om him. We haven't established that yet but it won't be too big of a jump from a rehab game in the minors. I wouldn't expect it to be a 20 to 25 pitch jump, 12 to 15 at the most.”

Bieber is 7-4 with a 3.28 ERA in 14 starts. He went 8-1 with a 1.63 ERA in 12 starts during the shortened 2020 season.

Kansas City is off Thursday and opens a three-game series at Detroit on Friday night. Right-hander Carlos Hernández is scheduled to start for the Royals.

The postponement occurred on the 51st birthday of Royals manager Mike Matheny.

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